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Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

If you are a rib lover then you have to try these Instant Pot BBQ Ribs. They are tender, flavorful and delicious. With a dry rub and BBQ sauce you can't go wrong with these.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 672kcal


  • 3 lbs baby back ribs membrane removed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce divided


  • In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, cumin, thyme, salt and pepper. Spread it evenly over the entire rack of ribs, careful to press it on.
  • Add the water, vinegar, liquid smoke and 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce to the instant pot and mix.
  • Place the ribs in the instant pot in a standing position.
  • Close the vent and set the meat setting to 23 minutes.
  • When the timer is finished, let the meat slow release for 5 minutes, then do a quick release and remove from the instant pot.
  • Turn the oven to broil at 500 degrees F or high. Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and place the ribs on the pan.
  • Spread the remaining BBQ sauce over the ribs.
  • Place under the broiler and watch carefully. When the bbq sauce is bubbly and slightly browned, it is finished. This may take 2 to 5 minutes and can burn quickly.
  • Remove and enjoy with your favorite side dishes.


  1. Make sure you remove the silver skin (membrane on these) this is an important step that you do not want to forget.
  2. We make these with baby back ribs, but you can use spare ribs as well, please see my notes above on how to cook those.
  3. These can be frozen, see above on how to freeze.
  4. You can use the rub provided or use your favorite rub. 
  5. These ribs can also be baked, see my notes above on how to bake them.
  6. You can use any kind of bbq sauce that you like, our favorite is honey BBQ.


Calories: 672kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 2687mg | Potassium: 807mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 1302IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 3mg